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To the skies
By Ajay Uprety
It was a nawabi pastime and an exciting game. But patangbazi (kite-flying) failed to withstand the onslaught of western sports. A few men want to revive it, and they dream of a day when hundreds of dancing kites will speckle the blue sky of Lucknow. Seventeen members of the Gomti Nagar Kite Club assemble on a dusty ground near the river Gomti. The club is a brainchild of Mayank Verma, 23, who has...
Man's best debt   29 December, 2014
Sixteen kilometres from the Dindori district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh lies a village along the banks of the Narmada, with the Maikal range in the backdrop. Also close to the buffer zone between the Kanha national park and Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary of Chhattisgarh, the Kukarramath village is located amid a cluster of primitive Baiga adivasi villages. It is a market centre where traders...
Sabarmati of the south   13 December, 2014
About 11km from the humming city of Nellore lies Pallepadu village, which is home to the Pinakini Satyagraha Ashram. Blissful silence and a calming breeze welcome you as you navigate a dirt road to reach the ashram.Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated the ashram, known as the Sabarmati of the south, in 1921. Gandhi was planning to spread his message of non-violence to the south when he met two social...
Eternal blessings   29 November, 2014
Maria Rose, 9, watched from the front row of pilgrims at the St Peter's Basilica in Vatican when Pope Francis canonised Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The girl from Pala in Kottayam district in Kerala was born with squint eye, which Chavara set right—a miracle approved by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.Chavara, in fact, had brought light to many lives when he was alive. He...
Conflicts of interest   31 October, 2014
Housing artefacts and documents from years gone by, museums are history's faithful custodians. One of the most common aspects of every museum, however, is the myriad “do not touch” signs that warn curious visitors. The Conflictorium, in that regard, is one of a kind. The nearly two-year-old participatory museum, which addresses conflicts in Gujarat, is growing in popularity and...
The broom grooms   11 October, 2014
Taj Mahal of the south   26 September, 2014
My God, milord   29 August, 2014
Needle hill   18 August, 2014
The rail stops at Rewari   04 August, 2014
Spice spot   18 July, 2014
Your 20 rupees worth   28 April, 2014
Saving husbands   22 March, 2014
Anchored in history   14 March, 2014
Bicycle kick   01 March, 2014
Where the Lotus blooms   15 February, 2014
'Cap'ital market   10 February, 2014
Common ground   31 January, 2014
All for the Army   11 January, 2014
Marker of change   28 December, 2013
Wheels of change   07 December, 2013
Worshipping ideals   23 November, 2013
Moreh and more   12 November, 2013
History hangs in the air   26 October, 2013
Door to yesterday   05 October, 2013
Animal instincts   21 September, 2013
Monumental inspiration   07 September, 2013
The town that time forgot   24 August, 2013
A home for celluloid history   10 August, 2013
Culture’s call   27 July, 2013
Carving a career   06 July, 2013
Fire over water   01 June, 2013
A stamp of my own   25 May, 2013
Top class   14 May, 2013
Hidden identity   26 April, 2013
Passionate about dates   16 April, 2013
Spiritual haven   01 April, 2013
Trance by Arabian Sea   08 March, 2013
Tower of tranquillity   22 February, 2013
Viral flavour   08 February, 2013
Cinderella bazaar   25 January, 2013
A glorious past   10 December, 2012
Worlds within a world   01 December, 2012
Enlightenment unlimited   17 November, 2012
Market leader   13 November, 2012
The mango man   29 October, 2012
Tigers, lilies, and chilli-like verse
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Sticking up for hockey   24 September, 2012
Princely state   13 September, 2012
IT all began here   25 August, 2012
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